In-between World
In 1986, the Muhammad Iqbal Monument was erected in Munich, commemorating the poet, philosopher and mentor of the independent postcolonial state of Pakistan. Iqbal, who completed his doctorate in Munich in 1907, lived in Bavaria for many years and died in Pakistan in 1938.
In 1962, Gani Bilir arrived in Kiel as a so-called Gastarbeiter. His payslips, which are visible in the film, are discovered by the filmmaker in the family archive. They are a document of the inhumane working conditions of migrant workers and their lack of recognition as humans in Germany.
A variety of places, moments, and snatches of historical memory are woven in the film into a particular decolonial view of our time. The telling of history and the politics of memory in Germany are oriented to a white dominant society. The longings, experiences and struggles of Black people, People of Color, Indigenous people and migrants are marginalised. Three sisters, Saboura, Basira and Kirat, gather at historically significant sites in Bavarian history. They approach these stories with their own biographies and the sculptures by the artist Ahu Dural. As poets, the children of migrant workers, thinkers they stand for the many stories of resistance and biographies of the in-between world.
by Cana Bilir-Meier
with Aulic Anamika, Saboura Naqshband, Basira Beutel-Biyik, Kirat Sarkaria
Germany 2023 Bengali, German, English 18’ Colour World premiere


  • Aulic Anamika
  • Saboura Naqshband
  • Basira Beutel-Biyik
  • Kirat Sarkaria


Director Cana Bilir-Meier
Screenplay Saboura Naqshband, Aulic Anamika, Cana Bilir-Meier
Cinematography Lichun Tseng
Editing Lichun Tseng, Cana Bilir-Meier
Music Julian Warner
Sound Design Robert Kroos
Production Design Ahu Dural
Producer Cana Bilir-Meier

Produced by

Cana Bilir-Meier

Cana Bilir-Meier

Born in 1986 in Munich, Germany. She studied art education and visual arts as well as film and works as a filmmaker, artist and art educator in Munich and Vienna.


2013 Semra Ertan; 8 min. 2017 Bestes Gericht; 3 min. 2019 This Makes Me Want to Predict the Past; 16 min. · This Makes Me Want to Predict the Past; 16 min., Forum 2022 2022 Zwischenwelt (In-between World)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2023